Name: Diana Nixon
Where are you from: Belarus
A little about yourself, your education, family, life etc.
- I was born in Minsk, Belarus where I currently live. I’m an Intentional Lawyer by profession, I have a Master of Law degree and I speak several foreign languages, including English, Spanish and Polish. I’m a wife and a mother. I love books, reading and writing, which take the biggest part of my days. I’m a hopeless optimist, I love happy endings and books that make me want to read them over and over again. I’m a coffee addict and a real workaholic; I never leave things half-way done, unless I’m too exhausted to keep my eyes open:) If I set a goal, I do my best to succeed.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
- A few weeks ago, I published a new book, named Louise. It’s the first part of the story that will be followed by one more novel. Louse is a little different from everything I have ever written. It’s a sad and at the same time a very romantic and sexy story. It shows different sides of life, from a girl’s childhood in an orphanage and to the levels of existence where money and powers decide everything. I like this story, it’s unique and unpredictable. Even when you feel like you know what is going to happen next, you are wrong 🙂 I would recommend Louise to everyone who loves a good mixture of emotions, passion and mystery. At the moment, I’m working on a new book – Back in the Game which is the third part of my Bestselling Checkmate Series. It’s another story full of humor and love that I’m sure you won’t regret spending time with:) There’s one more project of mine that I’m very proud of – a newly-established literary magazine, named Inks and Scratches. Its main goal is to help authors find new readers and share the news about their books all over the world. Its first issue will come out in June 2015.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
- My writing career started about four years ago with a fantasy novel, named Love Lines. It was inspired by the birth of my daughter and my life. Love Lines was supposed to show how truly magical love can be. No matter how many books I’m going to write in the future, this particular story will always be my first love 🙂
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
- I guess it was the day I received the first printed copy of my debut book. I had been waiting for this moment for so long, I think I was too stunned to say a word, I just kept holding the book in my hands, staring at the beautiful cover and thinking, “I can’t believe it’s MY book!” Then it all just turned into an unstoppable routine of writing and editing, lol Just kidding 🙂 I enjoy every moment I spend working on my books.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
- No, I don’t. I write when I want to and when I feel inspired to create something new. I never make myself write, like – I need to sit and write a new chapter every day – no. I’m sure that a story will never be good enough if you make yourself work on it. It all needs to be natural and make you happy 🙂
Fiona: How did you come up with the titles?
- The titles, as well as the covers of my books show the main idea of my stories. I think a title should be catching and match the storyline – this is what I want from my titles.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?
- Every book I write has a message hidden in between the lines. I never write commercial books, book that are intended to bring more money. I, myself, like reading meaningful books, books that make me think about the things that we don’t pay much attention to in our everyday lives, books that will stay with me for a very long time. That’s why I write stories that I hope are special and memorable. I write books for myself. I believe that writing books and trying to meet everyone’s expectations will never help you create great stories; but if you write books for yourself, you will love the result 🙂
Fiona: How much of your books is realistic?
- All the stories are partially real. Even if they are of a fantasy genre, they still tell about the things that we can see around: peoples’ feelings and emotions, love, family relationships, friendship.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
- My life is the main source of my inspiration, so yes, of course, the things I write about are connected with the people I have in my life: my family, my friends, my readers and the events happening around.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? A mentor?
- I can’t say it was a book or a mentor. Rather the amount of books I read in general. One day I just realized I had an idea for my own book, I started writing it and I loved the result 🙂
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
- Bared to You by Sylvia Day.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
- I love the stories of Jennifer L. Armentrout and Wendy Higgins.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
- I’m truly blessed to have people outside my family who are always there for me, no matter how crazy the new ideas in my head are:) Those are my cover designers, my editors and my readers, of course. Without them, I would never be able to write so many books.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
- It is my career now:) I don’t regret switching from International Law to writing books. I’m sure everyone should do what he or she feel like doing. I don’t feel like working as a lawyer anymore; I have so many ideas for my future books, and I can’t wait to see them all on paper 🙂
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
- No, I wouldn’t. I love Louise from start to finish; it turned out to be exactly the book I wanted it to be, and I hope my readers will love it too 🙂
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
- As I have already said, it’s the third part of my Checkmate Series, named Back in the Game. As well as the rest of the series, this part is told from two POVs. I love changing POVs, by the way 🙂 So the book tells a story of a couple that due to some funny circumstances are forced to live and work together. Josseline Altier is a college graduate who comes to work for her big brother’s old friend – Aaron Blake. He’s a professional men, his work is his only and true love; he doesn’t do romance and he’s far from what people call ‘the marriage type’. He knows what he wants and he always gets it. Only this time, his challenge will be a little different 🙂 Josseline Altier is a young, but very self-assured lady. She’s not going to follow anyone’s orders, even if they come from her boss. She’s a strong-willed person, if she has decided something, no one and nothing will ever be able to make her step back and change her mind. That’s why it’s so interesting to see how these two people will be able to make things work, without killing each other in the first place 🙂
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
- I think the whole process is like one huge challenge. Starting from the plot and to the book cover that should attract readers’ attention. Most of my books are self-published, and I love self-publishing more than anything. I hate losing control over the situation, that’s why even promo work is a part of writing and publishing process that I prefer doing on my own.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
- I don’t have one:) There are many authors whose works I like. I love J. K. Rowling for her endless imagination, Wendy Higgins – for the depth that every of her books has; Cecelia Ahern – for the emotions that her works make you feel, Christina Lauren – for the amount of time I spent laughing reading books of this author union.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
- I wish I could participate in all those wonderful author events all over the world, but I have a little daughter that I can’t leave for too long. Besides, Internet can take you anywhere. I do love travelling, but when it comes to my writing, I can attend most of the events on-line.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
- I have two amazing cover designers – Jennifer Munswami who has created covers for my fantasy books and Louise, and Amina Black – the designer of my contemporary romances covers.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
- The ability to be patient 🙂 Writing a book is a long process; it takes time, a lot of nerves and even more coffee:) But if you want your books to sell and be loved, you need to be very patient and never rush things. It’s better to spend more time ‘perfecting’ your book than to publish something that no one will consider as a good story.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
- Remember – there’s always a way to make your writing dreams come true! Believe in yourself and never give up, no matter how many obstacles you will have to go through to get your book published.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
- I appreciate your love and support, guys. You are the best! And I’ll be happy to write more great stories for you 🙂
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
- I don’t think so:) It was sooooo long ago! I guess it was one of those fairytales that I made my Dad read me every night when I was a kid 🙂
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
- Many things. I’m a very emotional person, so it’s not hard to make me show what I feel 🙂
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
- There is a person I would gladly meet again – my grandfather. He was not a writer, neither he was a celebrity, but he was a wonderful person that could teach me many things. Too bad I can only see him in my dreams now.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
- Always loved and remembered. If there is at least one person who will say my name after I’m gone, I will live forever 🙂
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
- I spend so much time writing, it’s really hard to find time for hobbies 🙂 But I love reading a lot 🙂
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
- Revenge, Gotham, Devious Maids. There are way too many TV shows I enjoy, the list would be endless 🙂 As for the films, I truly enjoyed watching Fast and Furious 7 and Insurgent.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
- Ice cream, Black & White, Alternative.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
- I think I would get back to Law 🙂
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
- Here are the links to the pages where you find out more about my writing projects:
- Official page: http://diananixon.blogspot.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Diana-Nixon/203165316483322?ref=hl
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/DianaNixon9
- Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/diananixon96/
- Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5814368.Diana_Nixon